INSPORTS gives $5m to primary-school athletes

first_imgChampions Naggo Head Primary will launch the defence of their Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Primary Schools Athletics Championships crown at the National Stadium today, beginning at 8 a.m. The national sports agency, in keeping with its objective of unearthing and nurturing talent, is contributing a total of $5 million in sporting equipment, to be utilised among outstanding athletes who participate in this year’s staging of the meet, which continues everyday through to what is expected to be an exciting climax on Saturday. This contribution towards primary-school athletes who display exceptional talent is in keeping with the agency’s strategic direction, which includes nurturing the talents through extensive coaching programmes. This is in addition to the $500,000 worth of spikes that INSPORTS will be donating to the winning school. Also, one of the pivotal terms to access the contribution is for the athlete to continue being active in the athletics sporting discipline throughout his/her five-year tenure in high school. “The sporting equipment utilised among these athletes will be very instrumental in encouraging the development of the techniques associated with the sporting discipline, said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS. POTENTIAL CHAMPIONS “Additionally, it will encourage these potential champions to participate in more training seminars, which will maximise their potential and contribute to the development of a nation through sports,” added Andrews. Over the years, the championships has served to unearth some of the nation’s top talent and some of the current high school stars, namely Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor, the World Youth 400 metres record holder. This year; Naggo Head expects to win again, but the seven-time winners expect a tougher challenge to retain the four day championship which ends Saturday, and assistant coach, Oral Whilby, believes they have enough to finish atop the podium again. “We have some very competent schools rising like Rousseau, St Richards and the main culprits in Greater Portmore and Southborough. I expect them to give a good account of themselves and take critical points,” said Oral Whilby, Naggo Head Primary’s assistant coach. He added: “We are weak in Class One, but we are very good in the other classes, in the field and middle-distance areas. We should have enough to take us across the line.” Greater Portmore finished third in 2014 and second in 2015 and coach Krisneve Palmer is convinced that they have what it takes to topple the champions. “Our chances are great again, just like last year. We have worked on our weak areas and make our strong points even stronger. We are right where we want to be, so we are coming strong,” he said. Southborough, which placed third last year, along with fourth place Black River and New Providence, are expected to challenge strongly in the 92-team meet.last_img read more

The Deal Pipeline Debuts Updated App

first_imgThe Deal, the business arm of digital financial media company TheStreet, launched the second generation of its The Deal Pipline app for the iPad and for the first time, the iPhone. “We’re taking The Deal Pipeline’s user experience to the next level by offering mobile access to our top reporting in a variety of ways,” says Michael Crosby, chief operating officer for The Deal, in a statement. The updated app, on sale starting today, will offer both iPad and iPhone users a breaking news tool, a twice-daily feature story about industry movers and shakers accompanied by a slideshow and nine sector-focused pages covering consumer & retail, energy, healthcare, industrials, private equity, real estate, regulation, restructuring and telecommunications media & technology.Users of the iPad edition will also receive daily and weekly industry reports and access to an IPO center powered by NYSE Euronext 9, which provides comprehensive information and analysis of recent filings.last_img read more

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar to endorse Nutrilite

first_imgBollywood actor, producer and screenwriter Farhan Akhtar has been signed by Amway India to endorse its vitamin and dietary supplement Nutrilite.  “We needed a strong and credible face who could help people understand the role of supplementation in addition to balanced diet and exercise as part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Farhan Akhtar was an obvious choice,” Amway India CEO Anshu Budhraja said in a statement, reports IANS.Direct-selling company Amway was in trouble in May this year when a local court in Uttar Pradesh ruled that making “false and misleading health claims” about its vitamin supplement Nutrilite Daily.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the company, which obtained a stay order from Food Safety Appellate Tribunal.The complaint was filed by Indian food safety regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).last_img read more

Writ filed against HC order to admit Shahidul to hospital

first_imgDetective Branch of police produces Shahidul Alam, who was picked up by plainclothes men earlier, before a Dhaka court Monday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasThe government filed a writ petition with the Appellate Division seeking stay on the High Court order that asked the authorities concerned to admit Shahidul Alam, now on a 7-day remand, to hospital for treatment, reports UNB.After a short hearing, chamber judge Hasan Foez Siddique sent the writ petition to the full bench of the Supreme Court for hearing on Thursday.The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to send noted photographer Shahidul to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as soon as possible for his medical treatment.An HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order following a writ petition filed by Shahidul Alam’s wife Rehnuma Ahmed.The court also asked the relevant authorities to form a medical board to examine his health and submit a report on his health condition on Thursday.Rehnuma filed the writ petition challenging the legality of remanding her husband Shahidul Alam for interrogation.On Monday, Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur placed Shahidul Alam on a seven-day remand for interrogation in a case filed under the controversial Section 57 of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Act.Detective Branch (DB) inspector Arman Ali, also the investigation officer of the case, produced the photographer before the court seeking a 10-day remand.Detectives detained Shahidul Alam, also chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, from his Dhanmondi residence on Sunday night following his Facebook posts on the ongoing student protests.Later, police filed a case against him with Ramna police station.last_img read more

US Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition Three Kings

first_imgJam Media/CON/LatinContent/Getty ImagesA rosca de reyes cake on display at a bakery in Mexico City. The cake is the signature dish of Three Kings Day celebrations in many parts of Latin America.On Jan. 6, many Christians around the world will celebrate Epiphany, or Three Kings Day — the day the three kings came to visit baby Jesus.In parts of Latin America, a big part of the holiday tradition is the rosca de reyes, or Three Kings cake.It’s a crown-shaped cake made of yeast-based bread that is very fluffy and airy once baked. The rosca is typically topped with candied fruits and bands of colorful, sugary paste. Inside there’s a little figurine of a baby, meant to represent Jesus, and whoever is served the piece with it inside has to throw a party on Feb. 2, dia de la Candelaria. When the rosca is served, it’s often dunked in a warm drink like hot chocolate or atole.“It’s a shared tradition,” says chef Pati Jinich, the host of PBS’s Pati’s Mexican Table. “All of the Latin American countries that were conquered by the Old World inherited this tradition.”While Latin America got the rosca from Spain, another version is served in France. In New Orleans, the similar King Cake is typically eaten during the Carnival season and at Mardi Gras.Jinich grew up in Mexico, where she says Three Kings Day celebrations are bigger than Christmas. “Everybody in Mexico eats roscas growing up — it’s a big deal!” she says.Rosca de reyes is becoming a bigger deal here in the U.S., too, says Jinich, as the Latin American population continues to grow. The diaspora has increased year over year and in 2016, it reached a new high of 58 million people.This means a growing demand for traditions from back home — like ordering roscas from your local Latino bakery.Ashley Westerman/NPRCarlos Benitez, owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria outside Washington, D.C., puts decorations on rosca de reyes before it goes into the oven. This year Benitez expects to sell almost 300 of the cakes.Carlos Benitez is the owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria in Alexandria, Va., just south of Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Alicia, opened their bakery in 2002 after moving from California. Benitez bakes a savory and only slightly sweet, aromatic version of the rosca topped with candied red and green cherries, figs and plums. Between the fruits are stripes of color made from a sugary paste. In contrast, the New Orleans King Cake is typically much sweeter and covered with purple, green and yellow icing rather than candied fruits.“The first time when we started making roscas over here, we just made 50 or 60, and year after year the amount of rosca we had to make [got] bigger,” says Benitez.This year the bakery is expecting to make around 250 to 300 roscas, he says, with more than just families purchasing them. Benitez says he’s had more orders come in from companies and schools as well. And he isn’t the only one. Many Latino bakeries we contacted around the Washington, D.C., region reported an increase in orders over the years.In Los Angeles, where approximately half the population is Latino, Tony Salazar, chef and V.P of production for Porto’s Bakery, says they plan to sell over 5,000 this year.“When we started [in the 1970s] we only sold 10 … and then, you know, 20 and 100,” he says. “It’s been a slow process, but we are really so happy that the popularity is growing and the recognition of this product is out there now. There’s people who don’t celebrate Three Kings Day who come and buy it, it’s so good, and they enjoy it.”In fact, Porto’s Bakery, along with other storied Latin American bakeries in the area, plan to unveil LA’s largest roscas de reyes Friday. They’ve teamed up with the California Milk Processor Board for the free event, which Salazar hopes will bring together not only Latin Americans across the LA region but also others who want to share in the tradition.Carlos Benitez of Virginia’s La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria says spreading the rosca de reyes tradition beyond Latin American communities is a good thing.“I’m so happy that people don’t lose their traditions,” he says. “I think diversity of the cultures make this country great.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Morgan State University Awarded 2M Grant from UNCF

first_imgAfter months of planning, Morgan State University this week made a joint announcement with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) detailing the award of a five-year $2-million grant from the UNCF to create the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The initiative is designed to assist and guide university graduates as they make their way into the real world and begin to look for jobs to jumpstart their careers. Morgan State is one of the 24 colleges and universities in the country currently awarded grants that reach a grand total of $35.3 million. As a recipient of this award, Morgan State will now work alongside Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University in improving job outcomes for all their graduates.The entire program is possible thanks to a grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. The UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative is a unique pilot program for select historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) to assist them in enhancing the career readiness of their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of students are from low-to-moderate–income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.Morgan State’s goal for the initiative is for students to readily attain academic success, obtaining degrees on time and be prepared to fulfill the needs of future career opportunities. Morgan State University President David Wilson echoed that objective, in stating “We are very pleased to have Morgan included as one of the select universities to participate in the implementation of the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative; further expanding our value proposition as an institution dedicated, not only to graduating our students with a high-quality education, but also assisting their transition into sustainable careers afterwards.” In believing an initiative like this is something which is greatly needed, Wilson went on to say: “The resources made available as a result of this grant will provide much-needed support in our ongoing efforts to prepare students to meet the growing needs of employers, particularly in high-demand career areas, while increasing their likelihood of future success beyond degree attainment.”last_img read more

Kher urges people to turn eye donors

first_imgMumbai might be called the city of dreams but Delhi has never been behind in giving the best of the artists to the country. Sunday evening experienced all-time favourite Sufi singer Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa in the jam-packed Sirifort auditorium. The evening was celebrating ‘Eyecare day’ as ‘Hope for light’, dedicated to the noble cause of providing quality medical services to the needy and poor by Mahavir International, New Delhi.As a tradition, every year the event is graced by the company of a singer who performs and entertains the audience by spreading the message and importance of donating eyes to someone who needs it. As a part of the big day, 26 families who supported the cause by donating the eyes of their deceased dear ones were honoured at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs Kailash Kher gave a sensational performance on his songs ‘Teri deewani’ and ‘Allah ke bande’, he also appealed to the audience to pledge their eyes. More than 1500 people initiated the movement and joined hands with the organization.Since the last 38 years, the organization is committed to providing quality eye care services with six hospitals spread across the capital which has as good infrastructure as any private hospital along with the best facilities of MRI, CT Scan, Path Labs, Mobile Medicare Unit to the needy and poor living in far-flung areas of Delhi. Addressing the audience, Ranjan Jain, Chairman Mahavir International, Delhi proudly announced the inauguration of two newly donated mobile units and retina set up at one of the six hospitals.last_img read more